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Yeats Country & South Donegal Self-Guided Tour (11 Nights)

Tour code: NWISG11

Tour Overview

This tour explores Sligo Lakeland, Fermanagh Lakeland, the Blue Stack Mountains, Leitrim and the Glen Peninsula in Donegal. This is a wonderful (and moderatley challenging) itinerary.

Starting from Boyle, you first ride north around a series of lakes to arrive at Rosses Point on the coast north of Sligo. The next leg continues north following the coast to Ballyshannon. The next leg continues to hug the coast as far as Donegal Town before turning inland to climb over the hills to Ardara for a two night stoipover. The loop ride from Ardara is a marvellous circuit of the Glen Peninsula. Leaving Ardara you ride north as far as Dunglow and The Rosses and then double back to Glenties. The ride from here takes you east through the Blue Stack Mountians to the twin towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar. The next leg leads south through the Pullens to Belleek. From here you continue south through atmospheric forested terrain to the twin villages of Belcoo and Blacklion. On the second day of this two night halt you ride around the foothills of Cuilcagh Mountain. The last leg takes you south around Lough Allen and back to Boyle.

For information about en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page.
The itinerary follows routes A, G, H, I, J, K, L, D, E, and F.
This trip is rated B – click here for tour rating description.

Ten highlights

  • Strolling through the grounds of Boyle Abbey
  • Lough Key Forest Park
  • The Lake Isle of Inishfree
  • Visiting Parkes Castle
  • Donegal Craft Village
  • Traditional music sessions in Ardara
  • The sea cliffs of Slieve League
  • Testing your climbing ability on the Glengesh Pass
  • Glencolmcille Folk Museum
  • Otter spotting in the Blue Stack Mountains


  • Ben Bulben
  • Carrick
  • Donegal Beach
  • Drumcliffe
  • Florence Court
  • Glencar
  • Gleniff Horseshoe
  • Malin Beg
  • Marbel Arch
  • Slieve League


  • You might want to consider a second overnight in Ballybofey around the halfway point – either for a rest, or for a ride to the walled city of Derry to the north.

Outline Itinerary

Day Itinerary Start Finish Route options
En Route
1 arrive at BOYLE          
2 route A^* Boyle Rosses Point  
Boyle Abbey; Lough Arrow; Dromahair; Parkes Castle; Creevelea Friary
3 route G* Rosses Point Ballyshannon    
Glencar Lough; Drumcliffe; Ben Bulben; Gleniff Horseshoe; Mullaghmore
4 route H* Ballyshannon Ardara  
Rossnowlagh; Donegal Castle; Lough Eske
5 route I Ardara Ardara  
Glengesh Pass; Slieve League Cliffs; Glencolmcille; Maghera Caves
6 route J Ardara Glenties  
Crohy Head; The Rosses; Dunglow
7 route K Glenties Ballybofey    
Blue Stack Mountains; Finn Valley
8 route L Ballybofey Belleek    
The Pullens; Lough Derg; Belleek Pottery
9 route D Belleek Belcoo  
Lough Navar Forest; Lough Macnean; Moneygashel
10 route E Belcoo Belcoo  
Cuilcagh; Florence Court; Marble Arch Caves
11 route F* Belcoo Boyle    
Lough Allen; Drumshanbo; Arigna; Lough Key Forest Park
12 depart from BOYLE        

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
basic cost per person sharing
single accommodation supplement (if applicable)
Optional Costs
bicycle rental
pannier rental per pair
luggage transfers
shared charge for group
additional charge per rider

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